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2024 MWELA Annual Conference
Friday, March 01, 2024, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
Category: MWELA Events

2024 MWELA Annual Conference
Friday, March 1
, 2024
The Mayflower - Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Valet Parking available at the venue's posted rates.

8:00 am - 6:00 pm 

MWELA’s Annual Conference is an all-day event featuring colleagues, judges and outside experts on topics concerning all aspects of the plaintiff’s employment practice, plus presentation of 
the annual MWELA Lawyer of the Year Award.

Please Note: CLE documentation will be sent to confirmed attendees via email when received from each state, approximately 90-120 days following the conference. 

Virtual registration is available through March 1st.
In-person registration closed at 5:00 pm on February 22, 2024

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Subject to change based on speaker availability.

8:00 am                                   Registration & Breakfast
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:30 am                                   Welcome & Opening Remarks
Grand Ballroom

8:45 am                                   Strategic Case Planning: Lessons From the Ground
Grand Ballroom                      Carolyn Koch, Jury Solutions, LLC
                                                  Gillian Drake, On Trial Associates, Inc.
                                                  Larry Kaye, The Winning Litigator
                                                  Maya Jefferson, Gilbert Employment Law (Moderator)

9:55 am                                  Break
Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:05 am                                Building a Case for Pretext
Grand Ballroom                      Leizer Goldsmith, The Goldsmith Law Firm, LLC
                                                 Daniel K. Gebhardt, Solomon Law Firm PLLC
                                                 Victoria Williamson, Barrett & Farahany (Moderator)
                                                 Courtney Mickman, Administrative Judge, EEOC Washington, DC Office

11:20 am                               Tax Issues in Settlements Every Employment Lawyer Should Know
Grand Ballroom                     Robert Wood, Wood LLP
                                                 Colleen Coveney, Katz Banks Kumin
                                                 Jocelyn Cuttino, Morgan Lewis
                                                 Jasmine Santos, Potomac Legal Group (Moderator)

12:30 pm                                Lunch & Award Recognitions
East Room                              Opening Lunch Remarks – Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby
                                                 MWELA Lifetime Achievement Award, Joseph D. Gebhardt 
                                                 2024 MWELA Lawyer of the Year, Philip B. Zipin 

2:15 pm                                 What Appellate Lawyers Want Trial Lawyers to Know
Grand Ballroom                      Hon. Vijay Shanker, D.C. Court of Appeals
                                                 Jennifer Goldstein, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Joseph Sellers, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
                                                 Lenore Garon, Law Office of Lenore C. Garon, PLLC (Moderator)

3:25 pm                                 Break 

3:35 pm                                 Raffle Drawing - Chet Levitt Fund for Employment Law

3:40 pm                                 AI and the Legal Profession – The Possibilities and Ethical Challenges
Grand Ballroom                      Hope Todd, D.C. Bar
                                                 Jeff Chivers, Chivers, LLP
                                                 Theo Rostow, Chivers, LLP
                                                 Jamaal Stafford, Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, LLC (Moderator)

5:00 pm                                Closing Remarks
Grand Ballroom         

5:05 - 6:00 pm                     Networking Reception
East Room

REGISTRATION RATES for In-person and Virtual Attendees
All registrants will receive a link to conference related materials one day prior to the event.
Virtual registrants will also receive Zoom login information.
Please watch your in-box and check your spam filter if necessary.
Member Type Registration Rate
Current MWELA Members
(Members must be renewed through Dec. 31, 2024)


Current MWELA Student/Recent Graduate Members 
(Use discount code 24StdRate)


NELA affiliate Members
(Use discount code affNELA)
Non-Profit, Paralegal & Government Employees 
(Use discount code 2024NP)
(Includes one MWELA Regular Membership application, 
subject to Board approval)

If you have difficulty completing the registration form, please email your name, complete contact & registration information
(including state barred in w/bar # and any dietary restrictions or special accommodations needed to participate) to [email protected].

Requests for registration cancellation refunds must be received and processed by 5:00 pm, February 22, 2024.
Replacement attendees are permitted and encouraged in place of cancellation.
A refund of 75% of the registration fee will be issued. No refunds can be issued for cancellations received past the deadline.
Dietary restrictions and special accommodation requests must be received by February 22, 2024.
MWELA will abide by all current health restrictions and guidelines that may be in place at the time of the conference.

CLE Information:
Required sponsor documentation has been forwarded to and credit requested from MCLE 
states with general requirements for all attorneys. Attorneys should keep the original or a copy of the Certificate of attendance for your files. MWELA pays applicable fees in states where the sponsor is required to do so. Please be aware that each state has its own rules and regulations, including the definition of “CLE”; therefore, certain programs may not receive credit in some states. 

• Take and complete a Certificate of Attendance for your records
• Sign in and add your state and state bar number in the space indicated
• See page 1 for the states where MWELA has sought CLE credit; MWELA reports attendance in those states
• Most other states offer reciprocal credit

Virginia Attendees
The CLE Coordinator will provide you with the Virginia form via email after receiving it from the Virginia CLE Board, approximately 90-120 days following the event. 

  • 60-minute states are: AL, AZ, AR, CA, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NV, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and WY 
  • 50-minute states are: CO, FL, KS, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, RI, UT, WV and WI

MWELA does NOT seek credit in California, New Jersey or New York. These states require we apply for credit only when the course is being presented in their state. Provided the course is accredited in another state, CA, NJ and NY will accept the attendee’s credit hours via reciprocity.

Please direct CLE related questions to MWELA's CLE Coordinator at [email protected] or call (612) 359-1266.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors

Gold Conference Sponsors
Corriea & Puth    
Outten & Golden

Silver Conference Sponsors
    Gilbert Employment Law     KCNF

Bronze Conference Sponsor

District Employment Law